The World Residencies at Sea is more than just a lavish cruise ship. It is home to wealthy individuals who spend about six months on the ship exploring known and unknown areas as well as fostering growth of their mind through unique experiences.
The Ship Known as The World
If you enjoy a private yacht club atmosphere, then consider The World, a five-star luxury ship. The World made its maiden voyage in May 2002. Since then, it has sailed on dozens of trips all over the world. This 644-foot vessel has 165 residential apartments that range from studio apartments to three-bedroom apartments.
Amenities and Services
In addition to homes, the luxury vessel has a tennis court, casino, spa and multiple restaurants for residents to enjoy. If a resident needs to get off in a hurry for a business meeting, there is a helicopter pad, or they might choose to utilize the business center to conduct meetings on board. This ship differs from the popular cruise lines; it thrives to be unique and focuses on a slower pace, abundant with the finest of lifestyles.
Life of a Resident
The World isn't your run-of-the-mill cruise ship. Instead of renting a room for a week or even a month, this ship is a home. And getting a home on this ship will cost you. Designed for the wealthy, residents on this ship own apartments that range from $3 million to $15 million. Additionally, there is a vetting committee you must pass before they'll even consider you as a potential buyer.
This committee not only looks at your net worth but also your lifestyle since there is a code of confidentiality and privacy. By having only homeowners on the ship, it works to create a community and family setting where the residents work together to get the most out of each year.
If you purchase an apartment aboard The World, there are yearly maintenance fees to pay. Depending on the size of your purchase, these are typically $100,000 or more to cover repairs, housekeeping services, and replacements of interior appliances and fixtures. When you purchase a home on The World, your purchase will include:
- China, crystal, and utensils
However, since this is your home, you have the option to redecorate and furbish the apartment how you choose within committee guidelines.
Travel on the World is decided by the residents and the staff strive to make each voyage unique. These journeys typically run three-month spans. For example, from January to March 2018, The World covered North and South America, including ports at Devil's Island and Buenos Aires. From October to December 2018, typically the busiest time on the ship when it could top out at 330 passengers, they will be stopping at ports throughout Spain, France and several stops on the African Continent. In 2019, the ship will take residents from Africa to Alaska to East Asia.
A unique feature this cruise line affords to residents and guests is its Enrichment program. This Enrichment program covers all areas from your mind to your taste buds. Through their Guest Chef Program, residents enjoyed a multi-course meal from the likes of Chef Silivo Nickol in Amsterdam. To enrich their minds, the ship features a unique The World Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, where they connect and chat with Nobel Prize winners in medicine and science, like Dr. Edvard Ingjald Moser, an expert in neuroscience and psychology.
Three times a year, The World opens itself up to expeditions that not only take the residents but about 20 subject matter experts to different areas around the globe for a two to three week excursion. These expeditions are typically to unusual areas and include lectures, discussions and even field trips where the residents and experts experience the area first-hand.
Past trips have been to Greenland and Namibia. In 2018 and 2019, the luxury ship will visit British Isles, Madagascar and the High Arctic, among other areas. Some of these trips are record breaking. For example, in 2017, the ship broke the record for most southerly navigation at Bay of Whales.
Travel the World
If you've ever thought it would be amazing to live on a cruise ship for a few million dollars, you can make that dream a reality. The World is basically a floating home with 165 luxury apartments. In addition to having amenities like a tennis court and casino, this 644-foot floating community offers enrichment opportunities that enhance all aspects of your life.